Quote of the Week // 42nd Week

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Often times I plan to accomplish too many things in one day. I declare to myself that I will sew an entire historical dress in one day or finish writing a book. I tend to overestimate what can be accomplished in a day, therefore when the day is done, it becomes dissatisfying because I didn’t complete everything I set out to do.

It’s hard to know which goals to set every day when you have a million of them racing around in your head, each one fighting to win your attention at the finish line. When you have a huge amount of goals, which ones should you tackle today and what should you set aside for another day? How do you know how much is possible to achieve in one day? Are you setting yourself up to fail if you try to complete everything? These are tricky questions!

 To try to answer them, let’s get rid of the one-day deadline mindset. Instead, let’s broaden our time limit to a week or a month. Then, create a physical list of all your goals and impending accomplishments. We can divide them between the days in a week or in a month (depending on how many goals you want to set) and then begin with just a few goals on day one! Then you have a clear idea of how much you can get done, what should be done first, and what can wait for another day.

When your goals and your schedule don’t seem to work together, you can’t just stop life with a little button so you have time to achieve your goals (but that would be really awesome if you could!). However, this doesn’t mean that you must then cut down on the goals either. Distributing your goals evenly throughout the duration of a week or a month will create an easier way to keep track of your goals. It may take some special planning, but you don’t always have to sacrifice your goals just because your day is filled with too many things. So instead of perpetually focusing on all the goals you want to achieve, you can divide them, and focus on what you can do today. Doing this makes it seem possible to get everything done, because it is possible!
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven: KJV

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Do you find yourself overestimating what you can achieve in a day?

Are you often overwhelmed by the many goals you wish to accomplish?

Do you have any other suggestions to help achieve goals and tasks?

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P.S. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway if you haven’t already! The giveaway closes on Wednesday at midnight!

Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 41st Week

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Mickey Rooney was a great American actor born in September of 1920. He grew up performing in vaudeville, and soon found himself on the stage, and later on the big screen. In a career lasting nine decades, he appeared in over 300 films, continuing to act until the last year of his life in 2014. He was best known for his long-running role as “Andy Hardy” in the famous series of seven movies. In 1944, he co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor in the film, National Velvet, and later, in 1979, in the The Black Stallion, with Kelly Reno, both of which are two of my most treasured movies! To me, he will forever be that funny young man with two charming eyes and a dashing smile!

We all have ideas and dreams of our future success. We envision what we hope to achieve and how we might get there. While we contemplate our dreams and hopes, we may try to decipher a trail that will lead us to where we want to go, The Wonderful Land of Success. We want to choose the easiest and fastest route to get there, a route that cannot fail us.

It would be lovely if this path actually existed. As it turns out, it doesn’t. In every journey to our great accomplishments, shortcoming will turn up somewhere along the road, because “we, as humans, are not perfect.” We can’t expect to live out our entire lives without failing at something. As we drive down that highway, with the wind whipping through our hair, sporting sunglasses and a hopeful smile, we are inevitably going to drive through “Failure-ville.” No matter which route we take, there will always be a Failure-ville. This certainly doesn’t sound very inspiring or motivational. It may even sound depressing. However, it’s not always healthy to sugar-coat the route to success. Way too many calories! Just kidding. . .

What I’m trying to say is, we can’t be afraid of driving through Failure-ville. It can bog us down for a while, but it’s not like we are stuck living there forever. There will be a time when we can just fill up the tank, high-tail it out of there, and hit the highway toward our great accomplishments! We can leave Failure-ville in the dust and get back on the road again! We just have to keep driving, keep dreaming, and especially keep depending on God’s strength and love, because we’ll never have to drive through Failure-ville alone.

Psalms 73:26 – “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” KJV

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Have you ever driven through Failure-ville?

What did you do to get back on the road?

Which Mickey Rooney film is your favorite?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 40th Week

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This quote comes from L. M. Montgomery’s 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, one of the most beloved stories in English literature. The book has put Prince Edward Island on the map and has transformed it into a popular Canadian tourist destination. From the famous red cliffs to the rolling sand dunes to the flawless fields of green, P.E.I. is a picture-perfect backdrop for one of the world’s most treasured books.

I’ve always thought of October, the transition into fall, as antagonizing. It arrives after the late lingering warmth of September, and rudely parks itself on my doorstep for thirty-one long days, making it unbearable to go outside without a jacket! As Stephanie Tanner so often said, “How rude!”

There’s something about October that changes a person. Each time it rolls around, I have to readjust to it. October brings crisp weather and withering trees, boldly reminding me that summer has slipped through my fingers and winter is assuredly looming in the distance (at least for the top half of the earth).

However, this quote from L.M.M. reminds me that October isn’t so bad after all. It’s actually quite enjoyable once you get to know it. October brings feelings that only that special month can bring. Nature seems to speak a different language, whispering ideas and inspiring thoughts, and encouraging me to visit new places, try new foods, and make new goals.

No matter what the weather, I should be thankful for any month I am given and enjoy the blessings that come with it. I will treasure October, try to make the most of it, and enjoy the many things it brings. Anne certainly would have been able to find the good things in it, so I can too. Together, let’s choose to say with Anne, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

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Do you like October?

Do you find that it arrives all too quickly?

Does October hold cold weather for you, or warm?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 39th Week

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George Gordon Byron, more commonly known as “Lord Byron” was born in 1788. He was a poet and politician, most famous for his 1819 narrative poem, “Don Juan.” He fell ill just before planning to attack the fortress of Lepanto, Greece in 1824 and died a few months later.

Laughter is like a magical antidote that has the power of medicine. It can temporarily set aside our worries and trouble and can even change our mood and the way we think. Laughter is massively powerful! Maybe that’s why there are so many sit-coms and comical movies out there. Laughter is contagious, but also a medicine.

Being grumpy for no reason at all won’t make us happy. If we have the chance to be happy, yet choose to be grumpy, we’re neither doing ourselves any favors, nor the people around us. We all fall into that ditch of being grumpy for no good reason sometimes, but luckily there is a cure! It is, like Byron says, cheap and easy to find. It’s laughter, of course, the funniest medicine of all time!

So when you have the chance to laugh, grab it, and use it like medicine to mend the hollows of everyday life! Choose to laugh rather than be grumpy and you’ll be a lot happier.

Proverbs 17:22a – “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:” KJV

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Do you believe that laughter can be used as a medicine?

When was the last time laughter made you feel better?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 38th Week

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Samuel Johnson, born 308 years ago today in 1709, was an essayist, biographer, teacher, and poet, most well-known for his creation of the 1755 dictionary of the English language. He died at the age of seventy-five and was buried at Westminster Abby.

You can tell what a person is like by watching what they do and by the way they treat others. Sometimes, people treat others according to the condition or cost of their clothes, car, house, fame, and money. They treat them well because they assume they themselves will get something out of it. It could be something so small as someone holding a door open for a famous TV host, but not for a man in a dirty sweatshirt right behind him.

 If we treat people according to what they can do for us, we lose that common standard of kindness. We shouldn’t regulate our kindness towards others by their abilities to benefit our own lives. We need to treat all people like they were billionaires! Be kind and loving to everyone, even those who won’t benefit us in any way, because that is what we were all made to do.

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” – John 15:12 KJV

Ephesians 4:32: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” KJV

These verses don’t say, “Love one another only if it benefits you.” God wants us to treat each other equally well, no matter how they appear or present themselves to us.  

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What are your thoughts on treatment towards others?

Would you open a door for someone who didn’t appear valuable for your own benefit?

How would you treat someone who could give you absolutely nothing in return?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 36th Week

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was an American poet, teacher, and author most famous for his 1860 work “Paul Revere’s Ride.” This quote was taken from his 1849 novel, “Kavanagh: A Tale.”

This could sway in two different directions. The first way we could think about this quote is that, giving away something that means very little to us could mean a lot to the receiver. Donating a too small coat that we have no use for to a charity shop could mean so little to us, but an abundance to a child who has no coat. Even donating our time to help someone, like at a food bank or nursing home could seem like a little thing to us, but gigantic to someone who needs that help.

The other way to think about it is completely different. Sometimes we don’t really appreciate what we are given: a home, food, water, clothes, family, friends, or pets. It’s easy to take our blessings for granted and forget to be thankful. But when it comes time to give one of those things away, we realize how blessed we really were to have those things in the first place. When we give something away or lose something, we then realize how important it was to us.

Remembering to be thankful for what we have is difficult, as it may seem like we don’t have much to be thankful for, sometimes. It’s good to pause and think of all the blessings we are given and remember to be thankful for them, because we never know how long those blessings will last.

So, here we have two diverse representations of Longfellow’s quote. Both meaning different things, though both still linked together. Which of the two can you relate to more?

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Have you ever heard of “Kavanagh: A Tale?”

Which of the two representations can you relate to more?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 35th Week

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Fred McFeely Rogers, more commonly known as Mister Rogers, was an American television host of the 33 year-long running children’s show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” which aired for 895 episodes. He taught his viewers so many important things about life, the world, and how to live in it. His kindness towards people, especially children, made an impression in millions of lives, making his viewers feel special and loved. He explained to children things like divorce, bullying, disabilities, and death in a way that would help them cope with these things with a positive viewpoint. I consider Mister Rogers the most impactful person in the history of television. I grew up watching his show, and still today I enjoy watching it when I can!

The idea that we all can be loved just the way we are wasn’t exactly new when Mister Rogers first introduced it in his show. Since Rogers was also a Christian and a minister, he took that idea from the Bible and incorporated it into his show’s content.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” KJV

It means that God loves us even though we have sinned and He will continue to love us no matter what. We don’t have to live in a certain place, look a certain way, or do certain things like do good deeds and give money away for God to love us. He loves us just the way we are.

This doesn’t mean that we should do whatever we want and think it’s okay because He will still love us, and it also doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive to be better. It does mean that we don’t have to meet the world’s (or any church’s) standards in order to receive God’s love. We are loved just the way we are, and no can make us think otherwise.

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Have you ever watched “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?”

What do you think about God’s love for us?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 34th Week

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Wilma Rudolph was an Olympic gold-medalist as an American sprinter. Known as the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s, Wilma was nicknamed “The Tornado” for her running speed. In 1994, she was diagnosed with brain cancer and died later that year at age fifty-four. Ten years after her death, The U.S. Postal Service issued a series of stamps in her remembrance.

Today, America experienced something special. From coast to coast, millions of people were focused on one thing. That one thing practically stopped America in its tracks, making them pause to experience something they are likely to never see again.

The Solar Eclipse – (when the moon is directly in line with the sun, causing the shadow of the moon to fall upon the Earth, and in some areas, complete darkness in the daytime). This happens roughly every 18 months all over the world, but today, most of America was able to see it over the course of a few hours.

So what has this got to do with Wilma Rudolph’s quote above? I’m glad you asked! Well, the two things are entwined with “the Sun.” I quite agree with Wilma, that when the Sun is shining, I feel as though I could do anything; run through a field, climb a mountain, and touch the sky! The Sun can empower and motivate us to do great things! But what do we do when the Sun goes away; when the light is extinguished and we are left in darkness? What do we do when a shadow falls on our world, like when the moon stood in front of the light?

It happens to everyone. A lovely, sunny day arrives, and then something, some sort of trouble comes along and steals our light. What do we do? What should we do?

I’d love to say, “Just trust in God and He’ll fix it before you know it!”

But it’s not that easy. These “eclipses” of darkness in our lives appear out of nowhere and they don’t come with preset ending dates! They can last a day or a decade, sometimes we don’t know. So while you do have to trust God, here are some things that can help you during “a darkness eclipse.”

Prayer –

Just talking to the Lord of the universe can help us. Telling Him know how I feel and asking for strength and courage is something that always comforts me.

Reading –

The Bible was written to be read. It was given to us for a reason, so we have to read it! God can use every page and every verse to give us something, whether it be relief, strength, or peace. Reading scripture is so helpful!

Talking to others –

Confiding in those who love and support you is one of the most helpful things you could do. Having someone beside you in the darkness is always comforting, but they won’t know unless you talk to them.

Know that at some point, things can only get better –

This one sounds pretty uninspiring, but it’s true. Yes, your situation may be bad at the moment, and you may feel like you’re blind in a raging ocean, but you can always know that it could be worse, and it isn’t! A few years ago, someone in my family had a heart attack, and as I rode to the hospital in the back seat of the car, God placed eight words in my heart – “Things will get better, I promise they will.” And things did get better, eventually.

Now that I’ve realized that this post is way too long (nearly 600 words – yikes!) I will leave you with one more thing.

Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present day are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” KJV

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Did you watch the Solar Eclipse today?

What is something you do when the darkness takes over?

Was this post too long?

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Megan Joy

Quote of the Week // 33rd Week

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This quote is from the 1985 film, “Anne of Green Gables” (my all-time favorite movie!). If you remember, there is a scene where Anne and her school teacher, Miss Stacey are walking along the wooded road with books in hand. As they chat, Anne comes to the conclusion that, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.” In return, knowing of Anne’s past history, Miss Stacey answers: “Well, no mistakes in it yet.”

I found Anne’s quote to be so lovely and pleasant that I hand stitched it onto a piece of fabric. It hangs on my bedroom wall and I look at it every evening.

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After it had hung there for a day, I realized something about that quote. I realized that I had made a few mistakes in the stitching. Some letters were too big, others were crooked, and some of the flowers weren’t ideally perfect. I had made some mistakes and as I thought about it, those mistakes had carried over into the next day. The mistakes didn’t just fade with the sun, they continued to be mistakes throughout the days and soon, weeks. Was Anne incorrect in her assumption?

We all make mistakes, and unfortunately, they don’t just go away when the day is done. Sometimes we have to live with the consequences of our mistakes for days, months, or even years. But while I point this out, I must also include that I believe that what Anne said is actually true! There is a way that we can start over daily, a way to put the mistakes behind us, and carry on with a fresh view. All we have to do is ask the Lord to forgive us, to heal us, and to helps us continue on the right path. Lay your mistakes at the cross and He will give you strength to endure! There is no way to live a life without making mistakes, but there is a way to leave them behind and be renewed, with His help.

Psalms 55:22a says, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee:” KJV

1   Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” KJV

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What are your thoughts on mistakes?

Do you like needlepoint/hand stitching?

Do you remember that scene from “Anne of Green Gables?”

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Megan Joy